Whole Plant Extract: Whole plant extract and full spectrum oil have sometimes been used interchangeably. They are similar in that they both contain a wide range of cannabinoids naturally present in hemp, however, whole plant extract also contains fats, waxes, and other fibrous materials.
Full Spectrum Oil: Full spectrum oil contains a wide range of cannabinoids naturally present in hemp, like CBN and CBL. It also contains the aromatic and beneficial terpenes such as mycerin and pinene. Because there is no further refinement, full spectrum oil will also contain trace amounts of THC. Depending on the condition and what someone is looking to achieve, it can provide a greater effect than CBD alone as all the cannabinoids have been shown to work better together in what is known as the “entourage effect”.
Distillate (“Broad Spectrum Oil”): Distillate starts as a full spectrum oil, but then goes through a refinement process to reduce or remove cannabinoids, such as CBD. The excess terpenes and cannabinoids found in distillates can be healthy and beneficial for the body. But a CBD distillate usually has residual THC, whereas a CBD isolate contains no traceable amounts of THC.
Isolate: Isolate starts from a distillate, but then goes through a final refinement process, removing all excess terpenes or cannabinoids. It often comes in the form of a powder that contains no other active compounds.